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With Beats reportedly being folded into iTunes due to falling sales — just five months after being acquired by Apple — it looks as though the market for new music streaming services isn’t exactly the most promising. However, that hasn’t stopped legendary jam band Phish from trying their hand at the business.
This week, they unveiled an updated version of their LivePhish app, which comes with the option of a new subscription service. Dubbed LivePhish+, a $9.99/month subscription (or $99.99 per year) will earn fans access to the entire LivePhish catalog, including recordings of recent shows, side-projects, studio albums, and any archival material.
Although the subscription service costs money, fans can opt to just use the basic LivePhish app free-of-charge. The app allows fans to stream already purchased music and create playlists.
For the sake of comparison, Spotify has most, if not all, of Phish’s discography readily available, along with a variety of live shows. Plus, when you consider their newly discounted Family Plan ($14.99 for two users/month, $19.99 for three, $24.99 for four, etc.), it looks to be a pretty swell deal. If you’re an avid Phish follower, however, and want more beyond what Spotify has to offer, then the LivePhish+ subscription might be worth a try. It makes you wonder, though: How long before other bands — especially those who shun Spotify (hi, Thom Yorke) — will launch their own services?